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WLW
Logo for Cincinnati's 700 WLW
City of license Cincinnati, Ohio
Broadcast area Cincinnati, Ohio (AM)
United States (SDARS)
Branding NewsRadio 700 WLW
Slogan "The Big One"
or: "The Nation's Station"
First air date March 2, 1922
Frequency 700 kHz (Also on HD Radio)
XM173
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Satellite Radio Station
Callsign meaning "World's Largest Wireless"
Affiliations ABC Radio News
Reds Radio Network
Bengals Radio Network
Bearcat Radio Network
Xavier University
WLWT-TV
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Website www.700wlw.com

WLW is a radio station located in Cincinnati, Ohio, run by Clear Channel Communications and broadcasting on 700 kHz AM. The station's programming also airs all across the United States on XM Satellite Radio channel 173. Like most commercial talk stations, WLW has a delay system to remove anything obscene from the airwaves, but the XM feed of the station is uncensored, as is the online stream. Willows-Glenn County Airport (IATA: WLW, ICAO: KWLW, FAA LID: WLW), also known as Willows-Glenn Airport, is a public airport located one mile (1. ... Image File history File links WLW.png Logo for radio station WLW 700 in Cincinnati, Ohio This is a logo of a radio station, network, corporation, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... “Cincinnati” redirects here. ... “Cincinnati” redirects here. ... Amplitude modulation (AM) is a technique used in electronic communication, most commonly for transmitting information via a radio carrier wave. ... Digital Audio Radio Satellite or DARS (also as SDARS, for Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service, among many variations) is the FCC term for satellite radio, currently being made popular in the U.S. by XM Radio and Sirius. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Frequency (disambiguation). ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... “XM” redirects here. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of news. ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... The Cincinnati Bearcats are the NCAA athletic teams representing the University of Cincinnati. ... Xavier University is a private, Jesuit, co-educational Catholic university in the United States located in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... WLWT, also known as News5, is a television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, broadcasting locally on VHF channel 5 as an NBC affiliate. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... “Cincinnati” redirects here. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... “XM” redirects here. ...


WLW airs a nearly entirely locally-produced talk format, and is the flagship station for America's Trucking Network (formerly The Truckin' Bozo), a popular nationwide, overnight program especially for truckers. Other notable on-air personalities include Gary Burbank and Bill Cunningham. For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... In the United States, a flagship station is a radio or television networks principal station from which programs are fed to affiliates (for television, see Television flagship stations). ... Americas Trucking Network is a syndicated nightly radio broadcast heard across the United States. ... Gary Burbank (born Billy Purser, July 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American radio personality. ... For other persons named Bill Cunningham, see Bill Cunningham (disambiguation). ...


WLW also originates the syndicated Mike McConnell weekday talk show, and also serves as flagship station for McConnell's The Weekend with Mike McConnell (Premiere Radio Networks). McConnell's weekday program originally aired as a local WLW program. Mike McConnell is a popular Cincinnati, Ohio, radio talk show host. ... Premiere Radio Networks is a radio syndication and preparation company based in the United States. ...


On October 7, 2007, WLW's Cunningham began hosting a weekly nationally syndicated program titled "Live On Sunday Night, it's Bill Cunningham". [1] He originates the show from the WLW studios, and continues hosting his local weekday program.


In addition, WLW is the flagship radio station for the Cincinnati Reds. WLW has a 24-hour local news department, and is affiliated with ABC Radio, Paul Harvey, and Hearst-Argyle's WLWT-TV (the former TV sister to WLW). Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ... For the Stuckist artist, see Paul Harvey (artist). ... Hearst-Argyle Television, Incorporated, is a broadcasting company in the United States. ... WLWT, also known as News5, is a television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, broadcasting locally on VHF channel 5 as an NBC affiliate. ...


The WLW studios are in the Towers of Kenwood building next to I-71 in the Kenwood section of Sycamore Township and its transmitter is located in Mason. Interstate 71 is an interstate highway in the midwestern United States. ... Kenwood is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Sycamore Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. ... Location of Sycamore Township in Hamilton County. ... {{Infobox City image_seal=Mason, Ohio Seal. ...


The station frequently uses its nickname, "The Big One", as a tagline (since copied by sister stations WTAM in Cleveland and WWVA in Wheeling). It also uses the original tagline, "The Nation's Station", which is mainly used today to refer its broadcast coast-to-coast on XM Satellite Radio. WTAM is an AM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio broadcasting on 1100 kHz with 50,000 watts. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... WWVA is an AM radio station that broadcasts on a frequency of 1170 khz with studios in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA and owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... Nickname: The Friendly City Location in Ohio County in the State of West Virginia Coordinates: Settled 1769 Established 1806 Incorporated 1836  - Mayor Nick Sparachane  - City Manager Robert Herron  - Chief of Police Kevin Gessler, Sr. ... “XM” redirects here. ...

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History

The station was started by radio manufacturer Powel Crosley Jr. and operated by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation until the 1960s when it became Avco Broadcasting until the mid 1970s. From that point until the 1990s, WLW had different owners which included Queen City Communications, Mariner Communications, Seven Hills Broadcasting and finally Jacor Communications before its merger with Clear Channel. Powel Crosley, Jr. ... Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, founded by radio manufacturing pioneer Powel Crosley Jr. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Avco Corporation is a subsidiary of Textron which operates Textron Systems Corporation and Lycoming. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Jacor Communications, Inc. ...


Prior address - In the late 70's through 1989 700 WLW's downtown studios were located at 3 East 4th Street. What is now the National City Bank tower in downtown Cincinnati.


From 1989-2005 WLW was located in Mt. Adams, a trendy neighborhood overlooking downtown. The address was 1111 St. Gregory Street. WLW was originally on the 4th floor where it shared studios with sister station WEBN. In 1992 as Jacor started to consolidate stations the 5th floor was taken over to house HR and Traffic Departments along with new studios for 550 WLWA formerly WKRC Radio. In 1994, the failed attempt at a second version of WLW became 550 WCKY. The name of the station has returned to 55KRC. In 1995, Jacor moved all of it's stations into the Mt. Adams facility leasing the entire building. WEBN (102. ... WKRC (AM) is a radio station based in Cincinnati, Ohio that is owned by Clear Channel Communications and broadcasts at 550 kHz. ...


"The Nation's Station"

WLW currently broadcasts using 50,000 watts of power, but that wasn't always the case. For about six years, WLW experimented with broadcasting at 500,000 watts, the first station in the world to do so (during initial testing under the callsign W8XO, then as WLW when regular programs began with the higher overnight power). It stopped in 1939 because of complaints from around the United States and Canada that WLW was overpowering other stations as far away as Toronto. Many reports have surfaced over the years of the power fluctuations from those who lived near the transmitter. People would see their lights flicker in time to the modulation peaks of the transmitter. For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The high power broadcasts led WLW to call itself "The Nation's Station", a slogan renewed with WLW's inclusion on XM Channel 173 on 2006-03-01, giving it a signal coverage that extends throughout the continental United States. WLW also broadcasts using the HD-Radio digital system. XM may stand for: XM Satellite Radio, a United States broadcasting company. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... HD Radio (Hybrid Digital Radio) is the registered trademark for the in-band on-channel (IBOC) technology selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2002 for terrestrial digital audio broadcasting. ...


WLW powered up to higher wattage a few times during World War II in order to send special broadcasts to American troops in Europe, but has not broadcast at 500,000 watts since. However, the 500 kW transmitting equipment was used by the US government for broadcasting to Cuba early in the Kennedy administration Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


After sundown, the 50,000 watt signal can be heard across much of the eastern half of the United States and Canada, and as far west as Denver, CO. In 1985 overnight host Dale Sommers received a call from Hawaii on his overnight program. This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ... Dale Sommers, better known as The Truckin Bozo, is an American radio personality, best known for his long-running country music show geared toward truck drivers. ...


The station's first 50-kW transmitter, made by Western Electric, is still functional and sees occasional service, including on December 31, 1999, when it was powered up and helped to bring WLW into the new year on January 1, 2000. The station's unusual diamond-shaped antenna (called a Blaw-Knox Tower) is one of eight still operational in the United States and is featured on the official seal of the City of Mason. Company Masthead Logo Logo until circa 1969, also current logo on company web site Logo 1969-1983 Western Electric (sometimes abbreviated WE and WECo) was an American electrical engineering company, the manufacturing arm of AT&T from 1881 to 1995. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Masts of the Rugby VLF transmitter in England Radio masts and towers are, typically, tall structures designed to support antennas (also known as aerials in the UK) for telecommunications and broadcasting, including television. ... This 808-foot-tall Blaw-Knox tower is the tallest in the United States, and belongs to WSM. It is located in the Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Brentwood. ...


WLW carries games of the Cincinnati Reds, which makes it among the last of the clear channel AM radio stations to carry live Major League Baseball games. Similar stations WSB in Atlanta, KMOX in St. Louis, and KDKA in Pittsburgh have all lost their respective team's broadcast rights in recent years. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... WSB AM (NewsTalk 750) is a clear channel AM radio station located in Atlanta, Georgia with a frequency of 750 kHz. ... Nickname: Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country State Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... General Information KMOX is an AM radio station broadcasting in St. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... KDKA is a U.S. class A clear channel AM radio station located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that operates on 1020 kHz. ... “Pittsburgh” redirects here. ...


Former personalities

Rod Serling, the creator of the classic TV series The Twilight Zone, worked for WLW from 1950-51 producing historical documentaries, community profiles and commercials, before leaving to pursue other opportunities in the broadcasting industry. The station also claims many other well-known alumni, including Rosemary Clooney, Ruth Lyons, Bob Braun, NBC sportscasters Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels, longtime "Sportstalk" hosts Bob Trumpy and Andy Furman, former morning host Bill Wills (now with WTAM), Dale Sommers "Truckin' Bozo" and former Clear Channel radio CEO Randy Michaels. Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American popular singer and actress. ... For other persons of the same name, see Ruth Lyons. ... Bob Braun (April 20, 1929-January 15, 2001) was a local television and radio personality in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... This article is about the television network. ... Anthony Cris Collinsworth (born January 27, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio), is a former American football player and current television sportscaster. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... Bob Trumpy(Born in 1945) is a former professional American Football tight end who played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1968 to 1977. ... WTAM is an AM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio broadcasting on 1100 kHz with 50,000 watts. ... Dale Sommers, better known as The Truckin Bozo, is an American radio personality, best known for his long-running country music show geared toward truck drivers. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


Randy Michaels is credited for developing WLW from an MOR signal into a successful all-local talk station in the early 1980's. Much of WLW's lineup has remained intact for several years. 700 WLW today is one of the only stations left with original 24 hour locally produced programming. This does not cite any references or sources. ...


Network affiliations

Along with other Clear Channel talk stations, WLW switched from ABC Radio to Fox News Radio. However, on June 26, 2006, a realignment of network affiliations by Clear Channel's Cincinnati AM stations reunited WLW with ABC Radio. (WKRC (AM) picked up Fox News Radio, while WCKY (AM) took CBS Radio.) For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ... The Fox News Channel is a top-rated U.S. conservative cable and satellite news channel, who claims to provide fair & balanced news. ... For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ... WKRC (AM) is a radio station based in Cincinnati, Ohio that is owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... The Fox News Channel is a top-rated U.S. conservative cable and satellite news channel, who claims to provide fair & balanced news. ... WCKY is an AM radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, broadcasting at 1530 kHz with 50,000 watts, and its transmitter is located in nearby Covington, Kentucky. ... CBS Radio Inc. ...


Not included in the rearrangement was ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey. WLW continued to carry Harvey's commentaries through all the changes.


In 1997, WLW owner Jacor purchased 700 KFAM in Salt Lake City. As a joke, they changed the call letters to KWLW. Those call letters stayed on the station until 1999.


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